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A few bulb queries (well it is that time of year...)

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 09:20

Sphaerocephalons are tall with small ruby heads - about the size of a tulip bulb. I have them drifted through other planting which gives them support - most of the time! Some of mine have suffered because I had to move things around, but they're great plants in a sunny border - no probs with them at all 

You can see them waving in the background of this pic Snoodle



Posted: 29/08/2015 at 08:56

How much....

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 08:54

David - that's astonishing when you consider your housekeeping expenditure was 8 times the mortgage payment! 

My flat cost about £15,000. Tiny - on the south side of Glasgow. Monthly repayments (interest only  - damn endowments) were about £350. Had to run a car because of the times I worked. After all the other outgoings,  I had to budget carefully to see if I could eat!  Didn't have a phone - couldn't have justified the expense, and a little black and white telly- colour licence would have been out of the question. Changed days eh? 



Posted: 29/08/2015 at 08:47

That's what they normally do Jason. They become multi stemmed which can be useful if the main one gets damaged or dies off. 

Rescuing soil after years of membrane and stones?

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 08:46

I have both - some raised beds which are on an area which was all paving and gravel when I moved here, and a longer border which was compacted grass. Clay soil - very heavy in most places.

We get high rainfall so the raised beds allow me to create the medium I want for lots of  plants - it also brings some plants up nearer eye level and as the beds are different heights, it gives a bit of variety. The ordinary border had loads of locally provided horse manure on it for a winter before I put plants in. Everything is growing very well. 

I think I'd do a bit of both 30x7, but it largely depends what you want to grow and what other things you want in the garden, like a dining/seating area, clothes drying etc. No point in going mad with manure and digging grit in the areas you might want paving or paths.  What kind of look are you aiming for? 


Posted: 29/08/2015 at 08:34


I might try that - before they start looking at me and offering....

Won't be in his job description Dove 

I presume mushroom compost is suitable for your use Verd - or you wouldn't be asking us! I've never used it - am I right in saying it's low in nutrients and is mainly for 'bulking up' soil?

How much....

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 08:26
Steve the Gardening Vet wrote (see)

Mine was an Escort. The car, not a chap from a card in a phone box...

 Glad you clarified that Steve 

pansyface - my first flat had a bigger mortgage than the subsequent house I bought with ex husband. The interest rates were horrific at that time. It was around 15% at the time. 

People have short memories - they moan about it going up to 3% or 4%!  


Posted: 29/08/2015 at 08:21

Morning all.  Weather not looking too promising here - for a change!

I won't really say anything about religion. Being 'Christian' isn't the same as being a Christian. I know which of the two I am. Sorry that your OH feels the need to take the step he is taking. I'd hate to be in that position.  I think you already know how much support and love you have here on the forum. 

Jo - like something out of a comedy show- except it's not funny 

Hope everyone who's having issues just now has a better day today. Life's a b***h sometimes.

Not sure if I'll get anything done outside today. Plan was to get the grass cut... 

At least the cool temps mean it's not growing very quickly just now despite all the rain. Every cloud etc.

Off to see what you've all been doing while I was footling around  with photos last night.

Tawny owls

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 20:25

He was a fair old size. Unfortunately I didn't get to see him very often. Beautiful creatures.

That owl programme the other night on tv was superb 

Is this an underground weed?

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 19:40

Whatever weedkiller you use will affect other plants if they catch any spray Stuart. Ideally, use it in the evening (to minimise the effect on beneficial insects) and on a dry calm day if possible , to help prevent that.

I find Resolva the most efficient - the ready to use one starts working in 24 hours - but you'll need a few goes with it to get rid of those alstroemerias! 

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